When Columbia Pictures brought suit against Feltner for copyright infringement, they not only wanted a jury trial to determine liability, but opted to have them decide on the amount in damages, as well.
tull v. united states (1987)
This case took a closer look at the responsibilities of the judge versus the jury in a civil trial. Although the Seventh Amendment is vague on this specific issue, it was decided that the jury may determine liability, but it is not necessary that they determine monetary penalties, as well.
Ford Motor Co. chose to ignore a potentially catastrophic design flaw and safety hazard that would have cost $8-11 per car to repair and prevent the victim's serious burns. The result? One woman dead, a young boy severely burned and a $128 million verdict for the plaintiff.